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Guys and Balls (2004)

Männer wie wir (original title)
After their most recent loss, a soccer team discovers its goalie is gay and casts him out. He retaliates by bringing back an all-gay team for a game to prove who's better.

Director:

Sherry Hormann
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eileen Eilender Eileen Eilender ... Susanne jung 1
Leon Breitenborn Leon Breitenborn ... Ecki jung 1
Dietmar Bär ... Vater
Saskia Vester ... Mutter
Anna Koesling Anna Koesling ... Susanne jung 2
Steven Wellmann Steven Wellmann ... Ecki jung 2
Melody Sitta Melody Sitta ... Cordula jung
Jan Giffel Jan Giffel ... Udo jung
Maximilian Brückner ... Ecki
Willi Thomczyk ... Wirt
Jochen Stern Jochen Stern ... Rentner Rudi
Judith Hoersch Judith Hoersch ... Cordula (as Judith Delphine Hoersch)
Carlo Ljubek ... Udo
Mirko Lang Mirko Lang ... Tobias
Tobias van Dieken ... Bernhard (as Tobias Vandieken)
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Storyline

Fair-haired Ecki, the baker's son, has grown up the golden boy of his home town. All that changes the instant he and his soccer teammates discover he's gay. Now the object of scorn and ridicule (and finding himself unceremoniously kicked off his team), Ecki travels to the city of Dortmund to recruit an all-gay soccer team to return and prove to his town and his former soccer mates who the best men are. As first-time-out Ecki searches blindly through gay watering holes for players, his parents endure a rash of derisive gay jokes from the townies, leaving Ecki's gruff father to hope for a change in his son's orientation while also considering closing down the family business. Written by statmanjeff

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Taglines:

Jeder gibt sein bestes Stück. (Everyone gives his best part.)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Goofs

When the door of the lift opens to reveal Ecki and Sven kissing, Ecki is wearing a shirt, though he is previously seen to have removed it in the lift. See more »

Quotes

Udo: Send her over! It's about time she got tamed by a real man!
Ecki: So she can bite your other ear? At least you'd be symmetrical then, Spock!
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Crazy Credits

In the ending credits, each actor's name is placed on the soccer grid where his position was played in the movie. See more »

Connections

References Bend It Like Beckham (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Not My Day
Performed by HNO
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User Reviews

 
funny, delightful comedy about a newly-formed gay soccer team that takes on prejudice and intolerance
18 March 2006 | by jgtclevelandSee all my reviews

Yes, it has been done before-- an "against all odds" sports film. But this film tackles the genre in a funny, laugh-out-loud way. An odd assortment of characters-- some eccentric but all pretty much everyday folks-- are well-presented. The dialog is witty, the romance is sweet and the film is well-paced. You really root for these characters-- you like them and care about them. A light and fun two hours with no heavy messages or polemics. Sure, the film is predictable but the humor and the fact that you care for the characters prevents the rolling of eyes and the restlessness that often comes when you know what is ahead of you in a film.


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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

7 October 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Guys and Balls See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,425, 30 April 2006

Gross USA:

$28,324

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,140,909
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (35mm)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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